Over the Bog Road

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OVER THE BOG ROAD. AKA and see "Regan's Reel." Irish, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The reel was printed in New Jersey accordion player Luke O'Malley's Collection of Irish Music vol. 1 (1976) as "Regan's Reel." Similarities to "Captain Kelly's Reel (1)," "Captain Kelley Reel," "Father Kelly's Reel (3)," "Hurricane's Victory (The)." De Dannan banjo and accordion player Charlie Piggott told New York musician Don Meade that the name "Over the Bog Road" was invented by fiddler Frankie Gavin when the group recorded the tune on their second LP. Meade also reports that Jack Coen told him that this reel was formerly called "The Eel in the Sink," a name that has since migrated to the tune also known as "Irishman's Blackthorn (The)"

Source for notated version: fiddler Fred Finn (1919-1986, Kiltycreen, Killavil, County Sligo) [Flaherty].

Printed sources: Flaherty (Trip to Sligo), 1990; p. 81 (appears as "Unknown").

Recorded sources: Shanachie Records, De Dannan - "Jigs, Reels and Songs."

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